Get less junk mail!
Our clients are loving this, because it cuts down on junk mail.
The email address posted on your website gets too much junk mail
- some of it very offensive. But changing your email address on
a regular basis is not a practical solution.
Use your cPanel tools
There are few simple steps you can follow to minimize
the amount of spam you receive to your inbox.
1. Don't Accept Mail to Users Mailboxes That Don't Exist! - Default
By default all unrouted email will be directed to your main mailbox,
where it will use disk space and resources of your account. This
means that someone can send to email@example.com and you'll
still receive it to firstname.lastname@example.org (where inbox is your Cpanel
username). This is how spammers send out mass messages as well as
viruses. A common practice between worms, viruses and spammers is
to generate or create a false email address they think you'll receive.
Login to your Cpanel, click on Mail, Default Address, at the bottom
click Set Default Address
Select the domain in the drop down menu, I recommend repeating
this for all domains listed.
In the to: field - enter
:fail: no such address here
Click on Change to save your changes.
2. Accept from Trusted Senders Only
BoxTrapper Spam Trap is a tool that can help reduce spam significantly.
Someone emails you, if they're not on your white list then they
must reply to a message they receive after emailing you. After replying
they are put on a white list so they don't have to respond every
time they send you a message to validate the email. Basically you
give them the big OK that the sender is a person and not a virus
or spammer - they usually never respond so this cuts down spam a
3. Flag Mail As Spam using SpamAssasin
SpamAssasin is another tool you can use which helps score or rate
messages as potential spam.
Spam Assassin is an automated mail filter that uses a wide range
of heuristic algorithms on mail headers and message body text to
identify "SPAM" (unsolicited email). This software is capable of
eliminating more than 98% of all SPAM messages. Its performance
depends on the individual configuration, which can be tuned by each
website owner. Once identified, the mail is tagged as "SPAM" for
later filtering using the user's desktop mail client.
To configure your SpamAssassin, please follow the steps below:
1: To access the Mail Menu, click on the icon above the words Mail
on the main screen of your cPanel interface.
2: To enable Spam Assassin, click on Enable Spam Assassin.
3: To disable Spam Assassin, click on Disable Spam Assassin.
4: To enable Spam Box, click on Enable Spam Box.
5: To enable Spam Box, click on Disable Spam Box.
6: To configure Spam Assassin, click on Configure Spam Assassin.
4. Filter Your Mail Automatically - Cpanel E-mail Filtering
Cpanel also has the ability to use Mail Filters - a nice little
addon that will examine all your messages, sort them, do the action
you tell it ad delivery you the results. This is an excellent method
and often unused tool that can save you hours and hours of browsing
spam. For example the Sober viruses sends out a series of messages
that all have common subjects, you can completely delete anything
that meets those exact subjects, preventing your inbox building
up with spam and protecting you from viruses.
Login to your Cpanel, click on Mail, E-mail Filtering, at the bottom
top click Add Filter.
In the Filter section you have two drop downs, the first is what
you are filtering.
Subject, From, To, Body, Any Header, SpamAssasin Spam Header.
The next drop down is how you are filtering it.
contains, equals, matches regex, and begins with.
The input box is the filter. Enter the text you want to filter
For example, I keep getting spam messages with the same subject
and I want to filter them. The spam messages have the subject line:
Ultimate Online Pharmaceutical
I'd create a filter as follows:
Filter? Ultimate Online Pharmaceutical
This now automatically deletes any messages that I receive with
the subject: Ultimate Online Pharmaceutical
so they never even get to my inbox, perfect!
Once you've added a filter you can test it, enter a message that
you think you want to filter in the test window, with subject, from
address and body to make sure the filter works the way you want.
WARNING - setting up filters incorrectly can reslt in mail never
received and the sender will never know. If you setup filters wrong
then valid email can be deleted as well so be careful.